Michael J. Foxx remembers his mother two weeks after her death during Back to the Future panel at Comic-Con

Michael J Fox is sad because his mother Phyllis Fox has passed away. Michael, who is 61, paid tribute to his mother at the Back to the Future reunion panel at New York Comic-Con (NYCC) on Saturday. His mother died on September 24 92 years old.

Michael said his mother was against him doing Family Ties during the day and Back to the Future at night in the 1980s. He said Phyllis “died two weeks ago.”

“I was 23 and I called her, she was in Canada, and I said, ‘They want me to do this Steven Spielberg movie, but I have to do it at night and I have to do Family Ties during the day.’ And she said, ‘You’re going to be too tired,'” Michael said.

Specifically, he told his mother, “I live to be so tired. Everything’s going to be fine,” Michael continued, “Up until today—well, until two weeks ago—my mom thought it was a really bad idea for me to do Back to the Future. she loved the movie [but she was right]I’m tired.”

An online obituary says Phyllis was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1929. Her father was Henry “Skip” Piper and her mother was Jane “Jenny” Piper.

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She had a sister, Patricia, and three brothers, Kenneth, Stuart and Albert. All of her siblings, as well as her son Mark, her daughter Karen and her husband William predeceased her.

Steve and Michael are her sons and Jackie and Kelly are her daughters. Nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter also survive. Phyllis’ obituary said, “Nothing made her happier than seeing her family grow.”

In lieu of flowers, the online obituary asked that donations be made in Phyllis’ name to Diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, Burnaby General Hospital, British Columbia Children’s Hospital and Canuck Place.

Michael also talked about staying positive despite going through tough times at the NYCC panel over the weekend. Christopher Lloyd, who was also in Back to the Future, joined him on stage.

“Well, in the last year I’ve broken my cheek, my eye socket, my arm, my elbow… my shoulder. I had a tough year where I got beat up,” he told the crowd. “But it was really cool because it made me realize … thankfully, it’s sustainable.”

“If you can find something to be thankful for, if you can find something and say, ‘Well, that’s good,’ … it seems to work out,” he continued. “… I’m very optimistic.”

Michael added: “I would say optimism is thinking that things are more likely to get better than worse. If you believe it and are grateful for it, it will sustain you for the rest of your life.

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